A GENUINE Kenrick & Sons Large Cast Iron Door Knocker featuring a BAT with wings spread to the top. This is not a second strike or a copy...it is clearly stamped to the back with the Makers name and the Model Number 422.....it dates to the 1880's.The piece is 9 3/4" in length with a max width of 4 1/2". We sourced this in England a couple of weeks ago. Bats symbolize death and rebirth. Sometimes, they are known as the "Guardian of the Night." It is largely misunderstood and so therefore many of its symbolic meanings are inappropriately fear-based. The bat is a symbol of rebirth and death because it is a creature that lives in the belly of the Mother (Earth). From the womb-like caves it emerges every evening at dusk. And so - from the womb it is reborn every evening. This item is 'as found'...it .has not been cleaned nor tampered with in any way.
In both ancient Chinese and Persian mythologies bats symbolized longevity and happiness, however in post Christian Europe the bats habit of flying at night lead to it becoming associated with the devil. Many paintings from western Europe in the middle ages depict the devil with bats wings. Later bats received in worse publicity when they became associated with Count Dracula and vampires. These deeply emotive images have probably contributed to the sinister image that bats still possess in many people's minds, even though we now know they are beneficial members of the environment. In Europe a bat entering a house was a forewarning of a death in the house, whereas in China it was a sign of good fortune. Strangely perhaps, given its poor press in Europe, carrying the dried and powdered heart of a bat in your front pocket was supposed to protect you from bleeding to death, and later to stop bullets.
Other strange beliefs in Europe include the idea that carrying a bats eye around with you will allow you to turn invisible, that nailing a dead bat to your door will protect you from demons, that putting a drop of bats blood under a woman's pillow will help her be fruitful and that burning incense over the site of a bat buried at a crossroads would help you acquire a powerful love potion.
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